DOJ: Connecticut Man Sentenced for Downloading Child Porn on the Darkweb


John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MARK ROHRER, 38, of West Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for downloading child pornography from the dark web.


Bitcoin, the Darkweb, and Child Pornography

According to court documents and statements made in court, Rohrer had a user account on a dark web internet site that promoted child pornography. Using Bitcoin, Rohrer downloaded images and videos of child pornography from the website in January 2016.

Images of child pornography were found on Rohrer’s home computers after a court-authorized search of his residence on April 3, 2018.

On September 14, 2018, Rohrer pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography.

Rohrer, who is released on a $50,000 bond pending sentencing, was ordered to report to prison on May 29, 2019.

Source: DOJ: West Hartford Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Downloading Child Pornography from the Dark Web


Pt. 2: Wherein He Pleaded Guilty

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) - The Connecticut District U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Friday that a West Hartford man has pleaded guilty to child porn charges.

Officials say 37-year-old Mark Rohrer of West Hartford, pleaded guilty Thursday in New Haven federal court to one count of child porn.

According to court documents, Rohrer created a user account on a “dark web” internet site that promoted child pornography.

Rohrer used Bitcoin to download images and video of children in January 2016.

Investigators raided his home in April 2018, and discovered child pornography on his home computers.

Rohrer faces anywhere between 5-20 years in prison when he is sentenced. Officials say a sentencing date has yet been selected.

Rohrer was released on a $50,000 bond pending sentencing.

Authorities say the investigation is currently being conducted by Homeland Security, the West Hartford Police Department, and Connecticut State Police.

Source: West Hartford Man Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges